A little comedy, a little Spam

Improv shows return to Orpheum Theater Dec. 30-31

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“Instant Comedy — Just Add Spam” the improvisation comedy show returns to the Orpheum Theater with workshops running Dec. 27-29 at 6:30 p.m., and performances Dec. 30-31 at 7:30 p.m.

T-R FILE PHOTO “Instant Comedy — Just Add Spam” the improvisation comedy show returns to the Orpheum Theater with workshops running Dec. 27-29 at 6:30 p.m., and performances Dec. 30-31 at 7:30 p.m.

“Instant Comedy — Just Add Spam” the improvisation comedy show has entertained audiences in Marshalltown for the past 10 years. It returns to the Orpheum Theater with workshops running Dec. 27-29 at 6:30 p.m., and performances Dec. 30-31 at 7:30 p.m.

“Instant Comedy” first began when the shows’ director Chad Weir wrote a letter to Tom LaVille back in 2005 saying how people in Marshalltown were looking for some live entertainment options, wondering if the two of them could form an improv group locally. The rest is history.

While many performers participate year to year, new members are always welcome.

“The workshops let our veteran actors continue their craft and learn new acts, but it is also open to anyone in the community to check it out, with no pressure to be in the shows,” Weir said.

Around 2-6 people take to the stage for any given act, with as many as 20-30 people total performing throughout. Because the material relies on audience participation, no two shows could ever be exactly alike. The format is styled after the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

“We have 50-60 games available to us, and we work in about a dozen per show,” Weir said. “If you come for [both nights of the show], you will see two totally different shows, and that’s what makes it fun and unique.”

While the year’s end performances have been annual traditions, the troupe does perform throughout the year.

“We have a show set for May 5 next year,” Weir said. “And we’d love to have people hire us to perform for events. We also can teach people the rules of improv and how they could be applied in your life.”

People of all ages are welcome to sit-in on the workshops and get a taste for what to expect. However, to perform in the shows, folks need to be high school age or older.

Tickets cost $10 each or three for $20. Children two and under free. Tickets are available at the Orpheum and the night of the show. For more information, email: instantcomedyjustaddspam@gmail.com and follow the group on social media.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com